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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Boys in Black Making Candy

This candy store is getting very popular in Singapore. They make rock candies with customized centres.

Folks in Singapore used to have to get similar candy from Australia, but these folks have opened a similar store in Singapore.

Boys in Black making candy

We visited this place because it was Teacher's Day soon and our cousin was getting some Teacher's Day gift.

Sweets for teachers! 

Boys in Black making candy

What you see is two boys in black making the centre of the candy.
It was interesting how they produced the rock candy. If you are free, you should watch them make it, even if you don't like sweets. They way the roll and pull it looks exhausting!

For techies our there, can you recognise the logo they are making?
Hint: the makers of zip drives! ;-P

Oh yes, wishing all Teachers a very Happy Teacher's Day!

Monday, August 30, 2010

A little girl climbing!

I saw this on Sunday at a shopping mall. (United Square)
It was part of a promotion that allows kids 5 to 15 years old to climb if their parents spend x amount of money.

What amazed all of us was this little girl. She was so small and looked like she's probably only three!
But she sure was brave!

Indoor Climbing

I would not have dared to climb when I was five!

We overheard this girl's parent talking to other parents. They were asking if she was already 5 as she looked so small, she was! Her mum was terrified that the little girl wanted to climb. But let her do it after countless bugging.

Indoor Climbing

Mind you, it was very high!
The robes part was on the side of this 1.5 storey high structure.
This side shows the rock climbing part of climbing up the structure.

Indoor Climbing

Kids nowadays have become very brave don't you think?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bloody Shit Hub

Pardon the language today, but I saw this a few days ago and thought it was hilarious!
I am sure you will agree with me that this traveling toilet repairman is quite innovative!

Everyone who saw this 'lorry' stopped to take a second look.
So did I. For me, I even took out my camera and started snapping photos!

Bloody Shit Hub

It was just fun reading what is written all over the mini lorry.

Bloody Shit Hub

On this side, there's even a piece of 's??t' dangling on the side!

Bloody Shit Hub

There's even a note for the Parking Officers.
I wonder if any parking officer has given him a fine!

Bloody Shit Hub

So who do you look for the next time your dear toilet needs some 'help'?

Bloody Shit Hub

Disclaimer: have not used their service before, so not sure if they any good. Who knows, maybe their service is also 'kana sai'. (google if you wanna know what that means). ;-p

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Olympic Flame, Singapore 2010

It's the closing ceremony for the Youth Olympic Games tonight. The Olympic Flame for the Singapore 2010 Games will be extinguished during the ceremony.

I realized I have not seen the flames at the venue.
So I took leave today off work to go take a look.

olympic vortex flame, singapore 2010

It's not a good day to go near the Floating Platform today. Security is so tight for the ceremony tonight. All routes are blocked.

I could only get to see it from the Esplanade. Well, good enough I guess.
Two weeks are over so fast!

Everyone is a winner at the Games!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Choke choke, so much smoke!

Some people are practicing open burning this month. *choke choke*

All around Singapore, if you have neighbors who believe in ghosts and spirits, they are burning joss papers in rusty oil drums like this one below. They also offer food by just leave them everywhere and it creates a mess when stray animals come and eat them.

burn burn burn...

Neighbors are choking with the smoke entering their houses. Many have resorted to closing their windows and turning on their air-conditioning to breathe!

Can't there be a more environmentally friendly way of doing it without causing so much air pollution?

Electronic way perhaps? If they can now tweet messages to the Wailing Wall, can't they tweet to the 'gates of hell'?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Gardens by the Bay - Conservatory Complex

Have you seen this structure near Marina Barrage when you pass by the East Coast Parkway (ECP)?
It's the Gardens by the Bay, Conservatory Complex.

There are 2 conservatories planned at the Gardens by the Bay. It's a 54 hectare big garden! (Imagine 72 soccer fields)

Part of the Bay South portion of the garden is the 2 conservatories, a  cool dry and a cool moist. How interesting eh? I would love to see the temperate plants that they would be planting there!

Gardens by the Bay - Conservatory Complex

If you want to read more about it, click on to the NParks website here.

Are you grow plants at home?
My rosemary herb plant is not too happy at the moment ;-(

Update: My brother just told me the photo above is the Cool Dry Moist conservatory.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Singapore Volleyball Team & Diving Prelims

I was at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall during the weekend to catch a glimpse of the Volleyball game between Peru and Singapore.

Singapore Volleyball Team

Give the Singapore girls a few more years, they will do better in the next YOG. ;-)

Singapore Volleyball Team

Just at the same complex, there's the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex. It's the the Aquatics - Diving event is held.

This was Myra Lee of Singapore. Let's also give her more time, she is after all so young.

But I was quite impressed with China, Malaysia and North Korea's divers! They were good!!

Diving Event at YOG

It was quite fun watching the games live at the venue.
But it's quite warm as well. Bring your shades!

Good thing the finals were held during the night. I heard it's the first night diving in the Olympics.

p/s You also get to view on the big screen what viewers at home see on the TV!

Diving at YOG

The Games are coming to an end soon.
The TV at home has been tuning in to the YOG Channels. Have you been catching the event live or on TV?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Getting upclose with the YOG Medals - Yes Youth Can

You want to see the YOG Medals up close? I saw it at the International Convention Centre, Level 3.

I am not sure if it's the real medal or the replica, but there was a security guard nearby, so maybe it's the real thing.

This is the Gold Medal.
I like the design, do you? I like the side that has the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games.

YOG Gold Medal

The Bronze medal.

YOG Bronze Medal

The silver medal did not come out clear on my camera.

If you thought they were designed in Singapore like me, we were wrong.
Reading the below will tell you the story.

The medals are entitled "Yes, Youth Can".
Designed by Setsuko Fukuzawa from Montreal, Canada.

YOG Medal - Yes, Youth Can

Go take a peek at the medals upclose.
While there, you can also take a look at Singapore's medals from the Beijing Olympics too.
And also Singapore's 1960 Rome Olympics.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cheers to the YOG Volunteers

The Olympics is not only about the athletes who compete and learn more about other cultures.

It's also about the officials from the IOC (International Olympic Council), the various National Olympic Councils and all the different sports International Federations (eg, FIFA being one of the famous ones, International Sailing Federation, International Weightlifting Federations etc) These folks accredit the athletes so that they can participate representing their countries and sports and also play according to the rules.

But the most important people would be the Volunteers! Without them, how can the games even operate. In the Singapore Youth Olympic Games, there are over 20,000 volunteers!

With over 20,000 volunteers, you can be sure some are not happy at all. You can read about it in the news. In Singapore, other than queuing, the other national hobby is to complain! The people who complain also happens to be people who use their mouth and nothing else, they don't contribute themselves but want to be heard. (Recently in Singapore, it was reported that there are two sisters who earn their living by complaining! yes, laugh!)

But there are many volunteers who genuinely want to help. They use up their precious annual leave so that they can volunteer. They also have to burn away their weekends attending the various protocol, etiquette and many other training. They meet up to do menial stuff like packing welcome packs etc for officials and athletes. They do research about other countries so that they know to welcome their visitors and make them feel at home right here in Singapore.

YOG Volunteers

Here are two examples of the volunteers.
Whether you are 16 or 66 years old, you can contribute to make the Games a success.

To the complainers, complaining doesn't help. Do something and help! Lift your fingers to do something, not to type your complain letters. Use your brain to think how to improve things and not to think of everything nasty.

YOG Volunteers

To all the genuine YOG Volunteers, you are doing a great job!

When you see the smiles and appreciation of all athletes and officials that you serve, it's all worth it, ain't it?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Singapore's Tan Howe Liang's Leotard and Silver Medal - Rome Olympics 1960

It's the Olympic Season in Singapore, so there's lots of Olympic related posts. I hope no one is bored with all my YOG posts.

If you happen to be at the International Convention Centre (ICC) what we usually call the Suntec Convention Centre, on the 3rd level, you will be able to see Tan Howe Liang's leotard and Silver Medal.

Tan Howe Liang's Leotard and Silver Medal

He wore this when he won the weightlifting for the Rome 1960 Olympics.

Tan Howe Liang's Leotard and Silver Medal

Hmmm the leotard and Silver medal is so much older than me!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Watching the YOG on the mobile phone

A new habit for many these days during lunch time.
Flipping out mobile phones to watch the Youth Olympic Games!

Watching the YOG on the mobile phone

One of the mobile phone telco in Singapore provides 3 free streaming channels of the Youth Olympic Games. The same telco also provides free channels on cable to watch at home. ;-)

For different phones, you access it differently. For my phone, I view it via the iPhone App provided by the telco. I am surprised it is so clear and fast.

Watching the YOG on the mobile phone

It drains your battery, so bring along a battery pack!
What's your must watch event?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

A few weeks ago, Momo and I got a chance to attend the Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Rehearsal. We were told, please do not post the photos before the event. Help keep it a secret. But I guess the audience that night and on other rehearsals have posted it all. LOL

Well, I guess I am one obedient boy and waited till today, two days after the real thing have passed before I posted anything.

Did you all enjoy the Opening Ceremony?
I did! In fact, watching the real thing on television on High Definition was better!

Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Rehearsal

On TV, we would see up close the facial expressions and view the event from different angle as the camera changes from one to another. But we could not feel the 'energy' if you were physically there.

Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Rehearsal

I was so glad I had two options to watch it on TV. There was a free-to-air broadcast and a cable company's broadcast.

The free-to-air broadcast had a commentator that was so irritatingly chatty. He was speaking when there was live speech on. Good thing, the commentator on the cable TV knew when to keep quiet. :-p

Overall, it was great! I loved the lighting of the Olympic Flame!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Singapore's an Olympic City

It suddenly daunt on me that Singapore's an Olympic City! We have known it for some time we are hosting it, but it just did not sink in until everything is up and ready to welcome visitors.

To feel the Olympic mood, I finally walked in the Olympic Superstore! The temporary store has been around for weeks. But as you walked in, you suddenly feel like a tourist and you are here for the Olympics! LOL

You can see the Olympic Merchandise is sold right in front of Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod's and Prada!

Olympic Super Store

Before it's all gone, you might want to buy some souvenirs to remind yourself that Singapore hosted the Olympic Games, though it's the Youth Edition. ;-)

Olympic Super Store

Why do they call it the superstore? Is it because it is very long?
By the way, the things sold in all the tents seems to be repeated to me.

Olympic Super Store

Don't miss out the Opening Ceremony tomorrow!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame

It was so exciting. When the Youth Olympic Flame passes by where you live or work, you will want to drop what you were doing and join in the excitement.

That was what my colleagues and I did. It's one of the rare opportunity that you will get to see the flame in person and not from the newspaper or TV. The flame had traveled all the way from Greece!

As we lined up the road along the route we got welcomed by first by the one red Coke bus and another blue Samsung bus. (Just before the buses arrived, we were given coke!)

Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame

When was the last time we were so energetic?
Their youthfulness and energy do rub on to the crowd!

Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame

The first torch bearer in NUS grounds. This was Ms Lyhor Nalene.

Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame

If you can't see the flame in the bright sun light, here's the photo when the runners are in the shade.

Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame

She looked so excited! You would too ya?
She got one of the tough leg. Her run just before this stretch was all uphill!

Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame

She's running towards the next torch bearer.

Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame

The flame was passed to Chen Litai Jeremiah.
This was where they posed for photos.

Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame

My colleagues and I did not run after the flame. ;-)

A colleague at the other side of the university was a cheeky one. He joked that he is going to wait at the overhead bridge to drop a water bomb. He said it's an easier way to get famous rather than running after the flame. (He chickened out. haha)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tricycle Dreams - Live our dreams, fly our flag

What's your dream? This year for Singapore National's Day, the theme is "Live our dreams, fly our flag".

To dream the theme, you see many projects or displays around Singapore that follows the theme.

I saw this Tricycle Dream display at Raffles Place recently.
Tricycle Dream

Small little white tricycles were everywhere.
Each having a Singapore flag on it. It's kinda cute.

It's suppose to remind us that we should encourage the little ones to peddle on, and dream big!

Tricycle Dream

My sis said to me: "Do you realise something? Everything is facing one direction. Everything is so systematic." We need some chaos to spice things up!

Tricycle Dream

Surround the tricycles were little drawings by the little kids of their dreams.

The dreams of 80% of the kids are of the same profession. I don't need to mention it, you would have guessed it. This is Singapore, parents use a template to tell kids what to be when they grow up.

But there are a few different ones that I spotted. Let me show you three.

This little one, Kiara who wants to be a chef!
Let's wish this kid success and one day, may you have yourself a Michelin Star restaurant in Singapore!

Tricycle Dream

Ye Wen wants to be a teacher. A very noble dream.

In Singapore, most teachers have to be at school by 7:20 AM and most leave work only after 5:00 PM because of extra curricula activities. A really tough job. Ye Wen probably does not know that yet. Let's hope when he becomes a teacher, things will be better!

 Tricycle Dream

This was interesting. This kid's dream dream is to own Ikea Mall!
I wonder if he spends his weekends at Ikea every week?

I am an Ikea fan too! Let me introduce you to:!!

Tricycle Dream

What is your dream?

Monday, August 09, 2010

Singapore National Day 2010 - Presidential Gun Salute

Wishing all Singaporean readers a very Happy National Day 2010.

Today's photos are all about the Presidential Gun Salute.

Presidential Gun Salute

Presidential Gun Salute

Presidential Gun Salute

Presidential Gun Salute

Presidential Gun Salute

Presidential Gun Salute

Presidential Gun Salute